Korean Movie 'The Host' to be Released in US

The nation's all-time box office hit "The Host" will screen in U.S. theaters on March ninth.

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures said on its home page that the Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho will first screen at 68 movie theaters in California and New York. The distributor plans to follow a platform release strategy, increasing the number of theaters to 122 by May fourth.

Several other Korean movies have found their way to American theaters in the past few years.

Director Kim Ki-duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" was shown at 70 American theaters in 2004. The Korean blockbuster "Taegukgi", which was directed by Kang Je-gyu, screened at 34 cinemas that year as well.

"The Host", a monster movie which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last May, drew a record 13 million people following its domestic release two months later.

Reported by KBS WORLD Radio